Ibrahim Ali recently sounded a warning to the Chinese and the Malays. He said that the Chinese community will become a national security threat if they become more powerful economically and politically. He warned of the likelihood of another May 13 tragedy.
I had first thought of ignoring whatever Ibrahim Ali said or has to say.
He is after all of no real relevance to the outcome of the coming general elections and the political future of this country—just a loudmouth trying to salvage his political career, and not surprisingly, going about it in the manner of self-destruction.
But on second thoughts, as there are so many out there like him, those who think that their ‘jihad” in their sojourn in this world is to champion what they perceive to be the interests of their race, even at the expense of the rest of Mankind, I decided to “put pen to paper” in the hope that there may be time yet for some of them to reflect on their views and prejudices and take the opportunity to make amends before their time is up to meet their Maker.
To Ibrahim and his kind, do you not know that a Malay has no superiority over a non-Malay, and thatsuperiority is not by birth or colour or blood, but by being God-fearing and the exercise of righteousness?
Just in case you should disagree, Ibrahim, then know that that statement was made, save for my having substituted “Arab” with “Malay”, by none other than Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during his last sermon.
Did he not also ask that this message of non-racism in Islam be conveyed to everyone who was not present there?
Have you conveyed this message, Ibrahim?
Surely you know too that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) said:
“ Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust.”… (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi).
And if perchance, Ibrahim, the Chinese are indeed or do become more God-fearing and righteous than the Malays, why would you deny them their full right to participate in the political arena of this nation and to play a part in determining their own future by demonising them?
Or have you decided that the Chinese are incapable of being God-fearing and acting righteously?
Would you like to expound this view to the members of the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (MACMA)?
Why then do you seek to deny them their rights?
Does not the Holy Qur’an spell out that it was revealed to the whole of Mankind so that they could become God-fearing and act righteously?
Or did you somehow think it was revealed just to the Malays?
Sure, the Muslims form one brotherhood, but are you incapable of seeing the larger brotherhood of humanity?
Did you forget that Almighty God created us from one man and one woman?
Did not the Holy Prophet teach:
“”O people, know that the Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one, your faith is one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not from your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue (language). Whoever speaks Arabic is an Arab”.
O! Ibrahim. I fear for you.
Surely you are aware that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) said:
“Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)
Do you then wish the Holy Prophet (pbuh) to be a witness against you on the Day of Judgment?
And surely you are aware that what transpired during May 13 bears no comparison to the fires of hell.